HAWN TO HELM ‘HOPE’

Goldie Hawn will make her directorial debut on the TNT Original production “Hope,” which is slated to begin lensing in Texas as early as May 29 for an October premiere on the Turner cable net.

The Oscar-winning star of “The First Wives Club,” “Everyone Says I Love You,” “Private Benjamin” and other features will also executive produce the two-hour drama, along with Anthea Sylbert and Teri Schwartz, in association with Finnegan-Pinchuk Prods.

Kerry Kennedy wrote the “Hope” script. Casting is pending.

“Hope” is the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl who sees racism and hypocrisy turn her safe, small-town world dark and frightening. It’s set in the early 1960s in an anonymous town called Hope. “We’re delighted that Goldie has chosen TNT as the home of her directorial debut,” said Julie Weitz, exec VP original programming for TNT.

Hawn is the third prominent feature actor to become a first-time director with TNT. The others were Arnold Schwarzenegger (with “Christmas in Connecticut”) and Tommy Lee Jones (“The Good Old Boys”).

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